Can the Playboy warm the heart of the Ice Queen?
by Shannyn Leah
My rating: 5 stars
Series: The Caliendo Resort - Book 1 / By the Lake - Book 6
Publication Date: December 15, 2015
Publisher: Shannyn Leah
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 281 pages
Available from: Amazon
Violet Caliendo escorts couples into the illusion of “happily ever after” as wedding coordinator at Willow Valley’s five-star Caliendo Resort. But Violet doesn’t believe in love or “happily ever after” anymore. She’s guarded herself from love so deeply since her divorce that some even call her the “Ice Queen.” When she has to plan her ex-husband’s wedding, even her Ice Queen persona takes a hit.
With her emotions in high gear, she takes out her frustrations by having sex with her ex’s best man, Ryder Carlex. Ryder is a playboy type and Violet figures it’s a simple one-time fling. But Ryder actually is attracted to Violet in a way he’s never known before. Neither of them ever imagines that the sparks between them will ignite a fire hotter than anything they’ve ever encountered – slowly breaking down both their walls.
Will Violet be able to let go of her past and embrace a possible future with Ryder? Will Ryder let Violet into his own deep, dark secrets? Or will their trust issues forever doom them both from achieving their own “happily ever after”?
This book can be read as a stand alone, but for more enjoyment read them in the order of the series, as all the characters appear in future books.
When you are a member of the first family of Willow Valley, you have a rep to uphold. You are bred to never show more than socially acceptable emotions. You are also bred to obey your parents when they attempt to cover up your youthful rebellion gone awry. Violet is a Caliendo and in her position as wedding coordinator at the opulent Caliendo Resort, it is her job to create the fantasy weddings that lead to the fantasy happily ever after. Violet learned the hard way, there is no HEA, and just for an added treat, she is currently spearheading the happy nuptials of her slime maggot ex and his bouncy new child bride. Yes, really, talk about a Woman of Steel, or as she has been painfully called, the Ice Queen.
Enter her ex’s best friend, Ryder and in a moment that could melt glaciers and raise water temps around the world about 5 degrees, she “attacks" him in a hotel men’s room. What was it, insanity or something more, something that began long ago, long before they became adversaries? Chemistry 101, caution, never mix combustibles and add excessive heat, without thinking twice. The results could be heartrendingly fatal or the miracle cure for a two lonely and loveless lives. Both have secrets they hide, both are hiding behind facades, but only one is in danger of losing all they have worked for should one closely guarded secret be revealed. Is love worth the risk? How many skeletons are hiding just waiting to come out and why now?
Shannyn Leah and Sunset Thunder brought my romantic little heart to its knees, once again, as she brings out the big guns and creates romance with soul-deep emotions. Ms. Leah’s ability to create romantic scenes that are like wispy clouds, not clearly defined, not graphically detailed, but hinted at and fleeting after she has set the warm up scenes to intense passion. I always trust my imagination, and with Shannyn Leah’s guidance, it was sparking and sighing and once again, melting down. That is romance. That is sensual heat. Give us a tease and cut our minds and hearts loose to make the best scenes ever! Kind of brings out our own personal melting point, as if she wrote each scene specifically for each reader. The hidden gem pile has just grown by one more Shannyn Leah read. Get your contemporary romance fix with Sunset Thunder and stand back as the lightning strikes!
Violet’s Homemade Deep Fried Pickles
Violet is convinced deep fried pickles are the ultimate snack and after convincing Ryder to try them, I’m sure this will become a staple in their weekly treats.
-2 large egg yolks
-1 cup water
-1 ¼ cup flour
-1 jar medium size dill pickles
-1 tablespoon of dill
-1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
-1 teaspoon Onion Powder
Beat the yolks and water together. Slowly add the flour to the batter, keeping it smooth.
Slice the pickles ½ thick, and drain them on paper towel. Dip the pickles slice into the batter and fry in a deep fryer. Or you can fry them in a sauce pan with enough oil that the dill pickle is covered when frying. Serve warm.
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